This South Loop lounge, adorned with 30-foot high ceilings and reclaimed wood floors, will feature a focus on classic craft cocktails--such as old fashioneds and bloody marys--when it opens in spring 2012. Patrons will be able to pull up a seat at the 23-foot cement bar and have the bartender mix up a drink based on their favorite ingredients--or sample vino via wine dispensers that allow you to purchase amounts ranging from an ounce to a glass. Nibbles include cheese pairings, meats and light sandwiches; an area called "the living room," outfitted with a u-shaped couch, fireplace and TV, can be reserved for private parties.
Definitely seems a little different than what we imagined when we heard "tavern", but in reality it seems like a different concept and hopefully something unique for the neighborhood. We've been monitoring the build-out from the outside and from what we can tell it appears that there has been a lot of progress. A spring open seems aggressive, but we hope that happens.
(Hat tip: Anon!)